Jaden Smith To Star In “Karate Kid” Remake


Columbia Pictures is back in the dojo with a new version of the 1984 hit “The Karate Kid,” which has been refashioned as a star vehicle for Jaden Smith.
The film will be produced by Jerry Weintraub (who launched the original franchise) and Overbrook Entertainment’s James Lassiter, Will Smith and Ken Stovitz. Will Smith, who is the 10-year-old actor’s father, co-starred alongside Jaden in his feature debut, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which Overbrook and Escape Artists produced for Columbia.

The script is being written by Chris Murphy, and the film will shoot next year in Beijing and other cities. While the new film will be set in that exotic locale, it will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.

China Film Group Corp. will co-produce in China.

The younger Smith, who next stars in “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” is a martial arts practitioner.

Will and Jada do Essence


There’s no stopping Mr. and Mrs. Smith! Hollywood’s It Couple makes
marriage, love and life look easy. But for The Smiths, the good life
means opening the doors to an independent school near their California
home, staying connected with their inner-city roots and raising their
blended family. How do they do it all and still manage to keep igniting
their passion after 11 years of marriage? ESSENCE listens in on this
intimate conversation between Hollywood’s box-office king and his leading
lady as they reveal how they bring out the best in each other. Continue reading….

Will & Jada’s New Village Academy

Will & Jada Smith’s New Village Academy opens in September. The school, nestled in Calabasas is built on five core values:

Access & Exposure


Personal Excellence


Sounds good. The school runs K-6 and will provide a laptop for every child and a low fat sugar free menu. The school will use instructional methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard called study technology and a few teachers belong to the church. The Scientology piece is causing concern.